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WSIS Forum 2010
World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report (WTDR) 2010 focuses on Monitoring the WSIS Targets
Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid
photo credit: ITU/V. Martin
“ This new report provides policy-makers with a comprehensive assessment of the achievements that have been made to date, proposes concrete indicators to monitor progress and makes recommendations on policies and measures to help achieve the targets. ”

Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid,
Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau
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The year 2010 marks the midpoint between the 2005 Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and 2015, the deadline for achieving the ten targets that governments agreed upon at WSIS.

The 9th edition of the ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report (WTDR 2010), will provide a mid-term review of each WSIS target, which range from connecting villages, schools, health centres, libraries and government agencies to developing content, and providing ICT services to people (see box below). The report provides policy-makers with a comprehensive assessment of the achievements that have been made to date, proposes concrete indicators to monitor progress and makes recommendations on policies and measures to help achieve the targets.

The report reflects a joint effort among several international organizations, led by ITU, with contributions from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), as well as from representatives of civil society.

 

The 10 WSIS targets to be achieved by 2015

“To connect villages with ICTs and establish community access points” “To connect all local and central government departments and establish websites and e-mail addresses”
“To connect universities, colleges, secondary schools, and primary schools with ICTs” “To adapt all primary and secondary school curricula to meet the challenges of the information society, taking into account national circumstances”
“To connect scientific and research centres with ICTs” “To ensure that all of the world’s population has access to television and radio services”
“To connect public libraries, cultural centres, museums, post offices, and archives with ICTs” “To encourage the development of content and put in place technical conditions in order to facilitate the presence and use of all world languages on the Internet”
“To connect health centres and hospitals with ICTs” "To ensure that more than half the world’s inhabitants have access to ICTs within their reach"

 

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